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March 29, 2019
Redwork I Cound Not Resist from Collector with a Needle

Happy Spring!

Our snow is almost melted. However, last year we got another 24" in April so we are enjoying the sun while we can.

I liked this redwork spread when I saw it.

The more I looked at the details I decided I had to have it.  Why did I even contemplate not buying it?!?

The fine stitches are on a wonderful linen fabric.

Each block is outlined in a gorgeous feather stitch.

This baby and dog is one of many sweet blocks.

"Best Friends" would be a good caption for this one.

The designs are so clever, they ...

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March 18, 2019
Design Wall Monday - March 18, 2019 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Hi Bloggers!   I'm on vacation - a much needed one.  But never a vacation from quilting, right?  One project I have with me is the redwork quilt.  It's an old project.  I blogged about it here (4 Years Ago!). It doesn't bother me to have long term projects in the works, I just keep plugging away at them off and on.  How about you? There are 64 blocks in the quilt, and 6 to finish yet, with 58

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February 12, 2019
Celebrate National Embroidery Month with Our Newest Designers! from Marcus Fabrics

February is National Embroidery Month!  And it just happens that the newest additions to our design family are both embroidery experts!  We asked them to share a few of their favorite tips for creating beautiful hand embroidered projects.

Cindy Staub of Quilt Doodle Designs debuted with Marcus last month with her SNOWMEN SNOW GLOBE BOM program, using her pre-printed panel and coordinating PRIMO PLAID FLANNELS: New Blues. We love Cindy’s mix of blue flannel stars surrounding the “snowfriends” globe, which she cut from the panel.  On the panel you’ll find other fun design elements suitable for smaller projects ...

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December 28, 2018
Christmas Finish and Me from Canadian Needle Nana

There is an apex of housework that involves having everything in the house clean at the same time, where it just doesn't get any better than that.  The clothes laundered, the dishwasher cleared, the floors mopped, dusting done, the bed changed, etc. ...dare I admit this only happens a few times a year for me these days.  Christmas time is one of them.
So I sit here in my as clean as it can be with two big dogs living area and slow cooker chicken and chick pea dinner starting to smell up the place in a good way ...

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December 23, 2018
Christmas Redwork Pillow from From My Carolina Home

The Christmas Redwork project almost didn’t get finished this season.  It seemed like the days just flew by and I didn’t get a lot of stitching done each week.  Progress was made, but just not quickly.

Redwork Christmas Project at

Last weekend, stitching resumed in earnest until the redwork was done.  I wanted to add some beads to dress it up a bit as well.

Redwork Christmas Project at

Small round seed beads were added to the little designs at the bottom.

Redwork Christmas Project at

Red bugle beads enhance Santa’s hat, and seed beads make the eyes shine.

Redwork Christmas Project at

Bugle beads put some sparkle in the candy cane stripes ...

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December 15, 2018
End of another year from Creating Chaos

This is probably my last chance to post this year as I can already see how busy it is going to be between now and 2019, so it's time to update my creations of the last few weeks.

More Ecoprinting

I had another go at ecoprinting making a slight change to my first try by soaking the fabric and paper in the iron solution instead of painting it.  I wanted to try 'cooking' it in the oven but was unable to find a brick to weigh it down so that will have to wait until next time.

I used ...

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December 1, 2018
Chosen Vital Things from Canadian Needle Nana

                         Image result for volaire saying I have chosen to be happy
I like this saying and I think I had the fortitude to choose mostly, but I'm not sure everyone has that ability and certainly not all the time. For instance, last Tuesday I felt sad all day.  No idea why, no reason that I could pinpoint, just mopey and teary with a feeling of weight on my mind. I went about my business as usual but felt like I was going through the motions, as it were.
When I woke on Wednesday, I could tell immediately the feeling had lifted a little, and thankfully wore off throughout the day ...

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November 8, 2018
Mother Trees, Free Patterns, Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

This is one of the Mother trees on this property.  Surviving for over a hundred years and still sending out leaves that turn this unique yellowish colour.  This is a side of the house where the basement exit is that I've never shown you either...there is my outside compost bin on the lower left.  This tree is visible from our bedroom window and produces quite a show all year round.  The woodpeckers love it and all the blackened limbs when snow laden are beautiful too.

After a short rainfall,the light was strange, illuminating, yet through the trees ...

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October 31, 2018
October Update from Creating Chaos

By the skin of my teeth, I have finally got round to a few updates of crafty makes in October.

First, I made a few additions to my Autumn display - conkers and a pumpkin!  The conkers were from a pattern by Coastal Crochet, one of my favourite designers.  You will have seen more of her designs on here in the past.  The pumpkin was a pattern on Pinterest which sadly did not credit anyone.

So the finished display now looks like this.

With only one more month to go I have been thinking about my winter display which will of ...

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October 22, 2018
My Sewing Room, October 2018 from Canadian Needle Nana

This week I moved my sewing room and am now situated at the back of the house a little removed from the main area I have shown you a couple of times.  The move was more taxing than I realized mainly because I had poked a lot of stuff in that relatively small space. Hubby helped and provided me with one of those wheelie carts.
  But I kind of didn't want him around all the time...he just might see how much sewing/stitching/knitting stuff I've accumulated. Can't have that, LOL.

I put my work table ...

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October 9, 2018
Turkey-Wearing Cat and Jigg's Dinner from Canadian Needle Nana

 Tomorrow is officially turkey day here in Canada so Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating the holiday with family today.  Without the exciting drama of Black Friday or the quaint story of Pilgrims and Indians dining together, but with family and turkey and all the trimmings just the same.

Where I come from it includes a version of something called  Jiggs Dinner which is Boiled New England Dinner in other places. My complaint, which I share with other Newfoundlanders, is that it is hard to find good salt meat here on the mainland(what we call the rest of Canada). By ...

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September 10, 2018
Ugly Skin, Redwork and Composting from Canadian Needle Nana

Have you ever done this?  Put aside a bunch of clothes to bring to the goodwill and then gone back to the bag later on and pulled out something and put it on?? I did that very thing recently.  The warm, humid weather continued last week and I don't have that many short sleeved blouses (because of my vitiligo) and I remembered one I'd put in that bag and went and got it.
Some days you just need short sleeves...ugly arms or not!  I'll be brave and show you what I'm talking about.

Sometimes when ...

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September 4, 2018
Christmas Red and Rock Recipe's Bakeapple Cheesecake from Canadian Needle Nana

I had an unusual birthday cake this year. Daughter made me a Bakeapple Cheesecake.  Bakeapples are an orange shaded berry that grow in my home province, Newfoundland and Labrador.  It is called Cloudberry in Europe and grows in specific marsh-like areas. Because there is just one berry per stalk, they are not plentiful the way bush berries can be and make it a challenge to get a lot of them. And I can testify it is backbreaking work! Due to all this, they are expensive to buy.

But we love their unique flavour and prize them for jams especially.

But ...

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August 13, 2018
Design Wall Monday - August 13, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Here's a picture of a finished redwork quilt, taken on the bench on my front porch: Years and years and years ago, my friend Dee embroidered a set of squares in redwork.  She completed all the embroidery except for the French knots.  She didn't like to do French knots, or didn't know how to make them, I can't remember which.  But I did all the French knots for the squares, and then

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July 30, 2018
Design Wall Monday - July 30, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

My design wall today is the floor in the front hallway: I am looking at progress on the redwork quilt.  The four borders around the outside are slowly getting finished.  The last time I looked at progress on them was a year ago in (this) post: Border #1  10 flowers  - finished Border #2    8 flowers  - 2 to go Border #3    5 flowers  - 5 to go Border #4    2 flowers  - 8 to go I

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July 22, 2018
Redwork Project for Christmas from From My Carolina Home

I am finally getting to this project I’ve been wanting to start for over a year.  I got this adorable pattern from Red Brolly some time ago.  Unfortunately, Bronwen Hayes has closed her store, no longer posts to her website, and has abandoned her Facebook page.  The ‘temporary closure’ was in January 2017.  Messages to her have gone unanswered. I wish I could find out what happened to such a talented designer.  This was a free download, and I wish I could give you a link to it.  It is just so cute!!

Redwork Embroidery Stitch Along at

To make the project, I got ...

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June 25, 2018
Design Wall Monday - June 25, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Well June is almost over; I can't believe it.  I did take three quilts to a long-arm quilter, so that is something quilty, but not much else has been happening around here.  I brought my redwork with me while at the cabin, and here is the latest block that I'm working on - two chickens: My question to you is:  Just how many chickens should be in this redwork quilt?  Why do I ask?........

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June 18, 2018
Design Wall Monday - June 18, 2018 from Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Hello Design Wall Friends!  I have only sewn a little bit on the Jane Stickle Quilt this week, and have no new pictures to show to you for that project.  I'm at the cabin up north, and have with me my redwork project, and am working on the four borders for this quilt.  I think I've shown pictures of the borders before, but here is another picture: I'm feeling stressed about the Jane

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May 5, 2018
A Quilters Place from I like to Quiltblog

Mein kleiner Beitrag zum Ufo-Abbau-LinkParty

Ich muss gestehen, dass es echt noch nicht
 so gut läuft mit dem Abbauen der UFO´s.
Ich fange immer neue Sachen an...;-)
Aber ich bin mega glücklich mit dem kleinen Redwork-Quiltchen,
11½ x 14 Inch.
Das Muster war letztes Jahr in eine Patchworkzeitchrift.
Für die Flying Geeses am Rand habe ich ein neues/altes Lineal benutzt,
nämlich das Quilt in a Day Mini Ruler Set von Elenor Burns
 und ich bin begeistert von ihre Methode,
perfekte Gänse zu nähen, sogar diese Minis in  ¾ x 1½" .

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November 3, 2017
OMG, A Patchwork Year and Autumn Finale from Canadian Needle Nana

Before any stitching chat, you must allow me to brag a little about the beauty of my hometown -Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.  But you don't have to take my word for is a video made by my brother and sister- in- law that shows the autumn is beautiful in scenic western Newfoundland.

So a last look at Autumn 2017...

Completely new to me is this idea.  

I've been reading Wendy at The Constant Quilter talking about Potholder Quilting.  Well I just thought she was meaning "quilt as you go" so I admired her work ...

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